The two distilleries are nestled between existing Victorian-era buildings. Originally, the buildings were meant to house a mill that produces paper for English bank notes. After being abandoned for a while, the complex was acquired by Bombay Sapphire, a gin brand developed within the famous drinkmanufacturer Bacardi.
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The glass houses feature metal strips separating out to form sweeping forms that touch the surface of the River Test. The structures harvest heat during the distillation process and carry it out through openings in the red-brick walls of the neighboring buildings, ensuring that little energy is wasted. The company acquires botanicals from all over the world and houses them in the two glasshouses that provide optimal conditions for their survival.
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Photos by Iwan Baan, Heatherwick Studio, and the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, via designboom